Before & After | Why It Works

Before & After | Why It Works

I love a good before and after just as much as anyone. Sometimes, however, I feel like the how and why of a before and after could be explained more. Why were these decisions made? And most importantly - why were they effective in achieving the desired goal.

I found the above before and after example from the blog Hooked on Houses (by designer Lauren Leiss). Clearly, the 'after' is quite an improvement. Below is my analysis of why:

- Somewhat surprisingly, I find that in almost every kitchen, it is better to remove an "L" shaped counter and add a kitchen island. The result is much more open and inviting.

- Unless you have extremely tall ceilings, always take cabinets, shelving, and vents all the way up to the ceiling. Sometimes there is a soffit above and you might not know what's in there. However, in this "before" example, there was no guess-work to be done, as nothing was above the cabinets. 

- It's a bit hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like Liess might have moved the range slightly to the right to create more counter space. Or, this is just another added benefit of eliminating the "L" at the kitchen counter.

The remaining upgrades are cosmetic and obvious - your kitchen will always look better with new appliances, cabinets, and lighting.

Designer Profile | Phoebe Howard

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